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Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Kerala HC Extends Ban on Protests in Public Places Till Aug 31; K'taka Congress Leader Tests Positive, Had Attended Party Programme | August 3, 2020, 22:06 IST
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Karti Chidambaram, Congress leader and MP from Sivaganga, has tested positive for coronavirus, he said on Twitter. Taking to the micro-blogging site, Karti, the son of former finance minister P Chidambaram said: "I have just tested positive for #Covid. My symptoms are mild and as per medical advice I am under home quarantine. I would urge all those who have recently been in contact with me to follow medical protocol." Earlier, the daughter of Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, who tested positive for Covid-19, also tested positive for Covid-19.

Yediyurappa, who is admitted to a private hospital, tweeted: "I have tested positive for coronavirus. Whilst I am fine, I am being hospitalised as a precaution on the recommendation of doctors. I request those who have come in contact with me recently to be observant and exercise self quarantine." The hospital said that the CM is clinically stable and is being monitored closely by its team of doctors. The chief minister has had a series of public engagements and meetings this past week, including the inauguration of the project work on the Bengaluru Bio-life-sciences Park on July 29, where entrepreneur Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw was present.
Aug 3, 2020 22:06 (IST)

Italy's tally of new cases drops below 200 | The number of new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Italy fell below 200 for the first time in a week, with 159 cases registered today, according to Health Ministry figures. That brings the total number of cases in Italy to 248,229 and deaths to 35,166.

Aug 3, 2020 21:55 (IST)

Ch'garh Police distribute face masks | Police in Chhattisgarh's Raigarh distributes over 12 lakh face masks on Rakshabandhan under ‘Raksha Sutra Mask’ campaign amid the coronavirus crisis today. 

Aug 3, 2020 21:45 (IST)

Delhi Records 805 New Cases | The national capital recorded 805 fresh coronavirus cases on Monday, the lowest in over two months, taking the infection tally to 1,38,482, authorities said. According to a health bulletin, 10,133 tests, 3,904 RTCPR and 6,229 Rapid Antigen were conducted in the last 24 hours. On an average, 18,000-19,000 tests were being conducted daily since testing was ramped up significantly in mid-June.

Aug 3, 2020 21:33 (IST)

10 from Maha MLA's family test positive | Ten members from the family of MLA Ravi Rana and his MP wife Navneet Rana in Maharashtra's Amravati district have tested positive for coronavirus, a senior health official said. 

Aug 3, 2020 21:23 (IST)

103-year-old MP Woman Recovers from COVID-19 | A 103-year-old woman suffering from cancer has recovered from the COVID-19 disease in Madhya Pradesh's Khargone district after undergoing treatment at her home for 14 days, a government official said. The patient Rukmini Chauhan, a resident of Barwah town, had tested positive for the viral infection on July 21. 

Aug 3, 2020 21:12 (IST)

Record 53 single-day COVID deaths in Bengal | The number of single-day COVID-19 fatalities in West Bengal crossed 50-mark today after 53 people succumbed to the disease, taking the death toll to 1,731, the health department said. The states coronavirus caseload also mounted to 78,232 after the highest one-day spike of 2,716 fresh cases was reported from different districts.

Aug 3, 2020 21:00 (IST)

CRPF Inspector dies of Covid-19 | A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Inspector posted in Srinagar has died due to the coronavirus infection today, officials said. They said the official suffered a cardiac arrest and later his COVID-19 test report came positive.

Aug 3, 2020 20:53 (IST)

READ | With Over 35k Covid-19 Deaths, Toll in India Crosses Italy's as Floods Affecting Millions Hamper Battle

Many experts have cast doubt on India's official numbers saying that authorities are not testing enough people and that many coronavirus-linked deaths are not properly recorded.

Aug 3, 2020 20:42 (IST)

Vietnam confirms 21 more cases in new outbreak | Vietnam has confirmed 21 more coronavirus cases linked to three hospitals in the central city of Da Nang, the health ministry said today. The country, which had lifted many restrictions after more than three months with no local infections, now has 196 cases in the new outbreak. Fifteen of the new cases were in Da Nang, Vietnam's most popular beach destination, while six others were in neighbouring Quang Nam province.

Aug 3, 2020 20:36 (IST)

Jubilant Life launches Remdesivir in India | Jubilant Life has launched Remdesivir drug in India To treat Covid-19 at Rs 4,700 100 per 100 mg vial. Jubilant will make the drug available to over 1,000 hospitals providing Covid-19 treatment in India. 

Aug 3, 2020 20:23 (IST)

TN Governor won't host I-Day Reception | Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has decided not to host the 'At Home Reception' at Raj Bhavan on the occasion of Independence Day in view of Covid -19 pandemic: Raj Bhavan. The Governor has tested positive for COVID-19.

Aug 3, 2020 20:21 (IST)

246 new cases, 20 deaths in Nagpur | The COVID-19 count in Nagpur district increased by 246 today to reach 6,143, while 20 deaths took the toll to 172, an official said. The number of persons discharged is 3,754, including 139 during the day, leaving the district with 2,217 active cases, he added.

Aug 3, 2020 20:11 (IST)

Spain to roll out COVID-19 app in lieu of human tracer | Spain aims to roll out a COVID-19 contact-tracing app across the country in September after saying that a pilot showed it could detect almost twice as many potential infections as human trackers during a simulated outbreak on a tiny island. In the absence of a vaccine or cure, states are deploying Bluetooth wireless technology to log contacts and alert people when someone they have been near tests positive.

Aug 3, 2020 20:08 (IST)

BCCI to form Covid-task force, Dravid to lead | The BCCI is forming a COVID-19 task force and it will include, among others, former captain and National Cricket Academy chief Rahul Dravid, the apex body said in its SOP to state associations. Dravid being the head of NCA is likely to be the head of the said task force. Players will have to sign a consent form before resuming training at their respective centres as per the standard operating procedure, which bars anyone above 60 years of age and individuals with underlying medical conditions from being part of the camp.

Aug 3, 2020 20:00 (IST)

Home isolation for Aurangabad patients | COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms will be kept in home isolation in Aurangabad provided there is ample space in residences and farms, Collector Uday Choudhari told public representatives during a meeting today. He said the move would reduce the load on health teams, adding that the district's recovery rate was improving while the mortality rate was dipping.

Aug 3, 2020 19:49 (IST)

Ahmedabad's biggest mall sealed over norm violation | The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) sealed the "Ahmedabad One" mall here in Gujarat on Monday over alleged violations of guidelines in place to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Aug 3, 2020 19:40 (IST)

Bengal Govt Changes Lockdown dates Again | West Bengal government has changes the lockdown dates again. Statewide complete lockdown shall now be observed on the following days: Wednesday 5th August, Saturday 8th August, Thursday 20th August, Friday 21st Aug, Thursday 27th Aug; Friday 28th Aug & Monday 31st August. 

Aug 3, 2020 19:27 (IST)

19 people on IISc Bengaluru campus test positive | As many as 19 people living on the Indian Institute of Science campus here, including students, faculty, staff, and their family members have tested positive for COVID-19. On retesting within a few days of the first test, 12 out of the 15 COVID-19 positive students who stay in the hostels have tested negative, IISc said in a statement. Most of them have been found to be asymptomatic and are being treated in a covid care centre managed by the campus Health Centre doctors.

Aug 3, 2020 19:12 (IST)

COVID-19 tests in India cross 2 crore | India has carried out over two crore tests for detection of COVID-19 pursuant to the key strategy of "test aggressively, track efficiently and isolate and treat promptly", the government said today. A cumulative total of 2,02,02,858 samples have been tested up to August 2 with 3,81,027 samples being tested on Sunday, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) data.

Aug 3, 2020 18:52 (IST)

BMC eases restrictions for Unlocking | Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation(BMC) has eased restrictions for phased opening of lockdown under 'Mission Begin Again'. Malls/market complexes have been allowed from 9 am-7 pm from Aug 5 without theatres/food courts/restaurants.

Aug 3, 2020 18:40 (IST)

Jail inmate escapes from COVID-19 hospital | A coronavirus positive undertrial escaped from a COVID-19 hospital after being shifted there from a sub jail in Gondal in Gujarat's Rajkot district today, police said. Anand Giri is an accused in several theft cases and was shifted to the COVID facility late last month after he tested positive for the virus, and he escaped in the early hours of the day, said Inspector Kishor Ramanuj of Gondal Town police station.

Aug 3, 2020 18:27 (IST)

'Yediyurappa doing well, clinically stable' | Manipal Hospital, where Karnataka CM Yediyurappa has been admitted, gave out a statement on the chief minister's current condition. "Honourable Chief Minister of Karnataka Shri BS Yediyurappa  was admitted to Manipal Hospitals at around 11 pm on 2nd August with mild symptoms of COVID 19. At present, he is doing well and is clinically stable. Appropriate treatment has been initiated as per current  protocols. He is being treated and monitored closely by a multidisciplinary team of doctors’.

Aug 3, 2020 18:23 (IST)

Hong Kong Sees Drop in Virus Cases | Hong Kong reported 80 new coronavirus cases on Monday, dropping below 100 infections for the first time in 12 days, as a team of Chinese officials began preparations for widespread testing in the global financial hub, which has seen a resurgence in cases. The initiative, which was announced by the Chinese government, marks the first time mainland health officials have assisted Hong Kong in its battle to control the epidemic.

Aug 3, 2020 18:12 (IST)

TN Reports over 5k New Covid Cases | Tamil Nadu has reported 5,609 new COVID-19 cases and 109 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking total cases to 2,63,222 including 2,02,283 discharges and 4,241 deaths.

Aug 3, 2020 18:06 (IST)

Nepal reports 418 fresh cases | Nepal has reported 418 fresh COVID-19 cases, pushing the number of infections in the country to 20,750, while 57 people have died due to the disease, the health ministry said today. A total of 14,961 patients have been discharged after recovery, which accounts for 72.1 per cent of the total infected cases, the Ministry of Health and Population spokesperson Jageshar Gautam told reporters.

Aug 3, 2020 17:47 (IST)

DGCI's Nod to Serum Institute For Covid Trials | The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has given nod to the Serum Institute of India for conducting phase 2 and 3 human clinical trials of the Oxford University's COVID-19 vaccine candidate in the country, according to the Health Ministry. Government officials told PTI that DCGI Dr V G Somani granted the approval late Sunday night after a thorough evaluation based on the recommendations of the Subject Expert Committee (SEC) on COVID-19. 

Aug 3, 2020 17:19 (IST)

Won't let Vendors resume biz,: Maha Govt | The Maharashtra government told the Bombay High Court today it does not intend to permit street vendors and hawkers to conduct their businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic as it is not possible to regulate them. The government filed an affidavit in response to a public interest litigation filed by one Manoj Oswal, raising concerns of street vendors being without income due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

Aug 3, 2020 16:59 (IST)

6 staff at Karnataka CM office hit by virus | Six employees at the Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa's office have tested positive for COVID-19, official sources said today. After the Chief Minister tested positive, his office and residence were sanitised. Besides, contact tracing was done during which the six of his staff members were confirmed to have contracted the virus, the sources said.

Aug 3, 2020 16:45 (IST)

Doctors to take final call on admission, discharge | Aiming to free up private hospital beds for COVID-19 patients requiring emergency treatment, the West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission in an advisory said that only the doctor will decide on admission or discharge. The decision of the examining doctor taken without any extraneous consideration or recommendation will be deemed final, it said.If the number of waiting patients is more than the
number of vacant beds, the doctor on duty would examine each patient and allot beds to the most deserving ones ignoring any extraneous considerations or recommendations. 

Aug 3, 2020 16:34 (IST)

Main Focus is on Covid-19, says Yogi | Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, who took stock of the foundation stone laying ceremony preparations have requested all to adhere to Covid-19 guidelines on the day. Adityanath has said the main focus is on COVID19. The protocol has to be enforced very strictly. Only those who are invited should come here. All devotees want to come but PM will represent all of them

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Kerala HC Extends Ban on Protests in Public Places Till Aug 31; K'taka Congress Leader Tests Positive, Had Attended Party Programme
A worker checks a traveller's temperature at Dadar Railway Station. (Reuters)

Meanwhile, Congress MLA Rakibul Hussain has become the seventh legislator in Assam to contract coronavirus infection. Hussain, the MLA from Samaguri in Central Assam and a former state minister, said in a Facebook post that he tested positive for the virus along with his wife Nazreen Hussain. His son, however, tested negative. “I have tested COVID-19 positive.... Request everyone who came in contact with me in the last four days to get themselves tested," he said in the post. The former minister is the first Congress legislator to have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Another prominent politician of the party, All India Mahila Congress president and former Silchar MP Sushmita Dev, had earlier tested positive for the virus. All the other MLAs of the state, who had tested positive for COVID-19, were from the BJP. They are Assembly Deputy Speaker Aminul Haque Laskar, Atul Bora, Krishnendu Paul, Naryan Deka, Bolin Chetia and Nabanita Handique.

In some positive news, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has given nod to the Serum Institute of India (SII) for conducting phase 2 and 3 human clinical trials of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate, developed by the University of Oxford, in the country. Government officials said the approval for conducting phase 2 and 3 clinical trials by the SII was granted by DCGI Dr V G Somani late Sunday night after a thorough evaluation based on the recommendations of the Subject Expert Committee on COVID-19. As a rapid regulatory response, the expert panel at the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) on Friday, after a detailed deliberation and considering the data generated on the vaccine candidate in phase 1 and 2 of the Oxford University trial, had recommended granting permission for phase 2 and 3 clinical trials of the potential vaccine, 'Covishield', on healthy adults in India, the officials said.

"The firm has to submit safety data, evaluated by the Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB), to the CDSCO before proceeding to phase 3 clinical trials," a senior official said. "As per the study design, each subject will be administered two doses four weeks apart (first dose on day one and second dose on day 29) following which the safety and immunogenicity will be assessed at predefined intervals," the official said.

Currently, phase 2 and 3 clinical trials of the Oxford vaccine candidate is going on in the United Kingdom, phase 3 clinical trial in Brazil and phase 1 and 2 clinical trials in South Africa. The officials said that the SII had submitted a revised proposal on Wednesday after the expert panel on Tuesday, following deliberation over its application, had asked it to revise its protocol for the phase 2 and 3 clinical trials besides seeking some additional information.

The panel has also recommended that the clinical trial sites which have been proposed for the study be distributed across India.

According to the revised proposal, 1,600 people aged above 18 years will participate in the trials across 17 selected sites, including AIIMS Delhi, BJ Medical College in Pune, Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences (RMRIMS) in Patna, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, AIIMS-Jodhpur, Nehru Hospital in Gorakhpur, Andhra Medical College in Visakhapatnam and JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research in Mysore.

"According to the application, it would conduct an observer-blind, randomised controlled study to determine the safety and immunogenicity of 'Covishield' on healthy Indian adults," the official said.

The SII, which has partnered with AstraZeneca, for manufacturing the Oxford vaccine candidate for COVID-19 had submitted its first application to the DCGI on July 25 seeking permission for conducting the phase 2 and 3 trials of the potential vaccine.